This encounter at Warner Park was pretty dull affair until the final 10 minutes when it erupted, writes George Riley.
Home team manager Gary Scott came on as a substitute midway through the second half and grabbed the winning goal in the 80th minute.
This was quickly followed by a stramash which involved most players from both teams reacting to a foul by Kelso’s Dean Boyne who upended Patrick Tillbrook on the left wing.
Referee Chris Newman had a job separating the players before eventually sending off home central defender Gordon McInnes and Tweedsiders’ Darren Bowie. His duties were still not finished as Scott was then yellow-carded for a second bookable offence, leaving The Fishermen to see out the last couple of minutes with nine men.
The visitors had the first sight of goal when Damien McNulty slipped a pass through to Shane Bonnington on the right edge of the box. But the winger’s attempt sailed well over the bar.
Eyemouth came back and a good run and shot by Tillbrook was saved by Elliott Turnbull. A corner on the left was swung in by Jamie Thomson and Alan Jess flicked a shot which bounced on top of the bar.
On the half-hour mark, James Wilson unleashed a 25-yarder which Turnbull did well to tip over. Three minutes from the break, Alan Mutch in the home goal was at full stretch to divert a Bonnington shot.
Kelso had a chance to go ahead in the 64th minute. Bonnington took off down the left wing and crossed for Owen Benzies running in at the near post – however, the youngster dragged his shot wide.
Eyemouth replied with a 20-yard shot from striker Keith Buckley, but Turnbull turned the effort round the post.
The hosts were awarded a corner on the right 10 minutes from time. Gavin Burrell sent the ball to the near post where it struck the chest of Scott and came off the heel of Kelso defender Jack Logan before ending up in the net.
The game then became ugly as Boyne fouled Tillbrook and the teams got involved in a free-for-all on the left touchline which saw the departure of McInnes and Bowie. Manager Scott then joined them on the sidelines.
The visitors almost snatched an equaliser in the last attack of the game when Joseph Ngoa’s shot was deflected in the box and fell to Ryan Beveridge, but the midfielder fired over.